The District 2 Greenville City Council race is heating up after accusations of voter fraud. It's a story we've been following since Friday. Three people sent letters to the Pitt County Board of Elections saying they were forced to write in the name of a candidate.
District 2 Councilwoman Rose Glover Wednesday came to the house where two of the people who filed complaints live in West Greenville. She says the family wanted to talk with her about the letters. More people arrived, including Rufus Huggins who supports Glover's challenger, Tami Locust. The family locked their doors, refusing to speak about it to our cameras. Glover, who was not named in the complaints , says she's heard members of Locust's campaign have been intimidating voters.
"I'm not going to tell anyone to do anything illegal, because I've been on the council for 12 years, so I'm very knowledgeable of what I can and cannot do as a city council person," said Glover.
"I think Miss Glover should want the truth out of this thing, as much as I do, and I think we both need to stand on the side, and let the truth come out." said Huggins.
The Board of Elections is investigating but says, they'll conduct a hearing after the November 15th election.
New details on a story WITN broke on Friday and has been following ever since about alleged voting problems in Pitt County.
Formal complaints have now been filed alleging voter intimidation in a Greenville City Council race.
The Pitt County Board of Elections received three formal letters naming members of the Tami Locust campaign of forcing them to write in her name for the District Two Greenville City Council seat.
The verbal complaints were made last week. Dave Davis with the Board of Elections says on Monday they received written complaints, three letters from voters saying they were intimidated into writing in locust's name. Those letters have been sent to the State Board of Elections.
Davis says, Rose Glover, who's running to retain her seat, knew about the allegations and asked for an investigation. Davis says it will be up to the State Board of Elections to decide if a crime has been committed.
Locust's campaign manager, Christopher Taylor, says neither he or Ms. Locust has intimidated potential voters.
Davis told us last week he has also received other phone calls complaining about intimidation in the city council at large race. So far no formal complaints have been filed there.
Davis tells WITN the board will continue to investigate this situation and take complaints if any more are filed.
Davis says the local and state boards do not want to affect the outcome of the contest, so the local BOE will set a hearing date after
November 15th to address the matter of voter intimidation.
Witnesses will be subpoenaed and brought in for questioning by the board under the guidance of the County Attorney.
The Pitt County Board of Elections says it has received phone calls from several voters saying they have been pressured and unduly influenced to vote for candidates they didn't want to vote for on absentee ballots, and wanted those ballots back.
Pitt County Board of Elections Director Dave Davis tells WITN the voters have named at least two individuals who helped people request absentee forms, and then returned to their homes when those ballots came in to help them fill them out.
Davis has contacted officials with the State Board of Elections who told him they will need a written complaint before they can launch an investigation and determine if there is any wrongdoing.
WITN is not releasing the names of those mentioned by the callers because a formal complaint has not been filed and we have not had a chance to talk with those individuals yet.
Davis also told us he wants to make sure if voters do have someone help them fill out a ballot that they don't allow that individual to pressure them.
WITN will continue to follow this story as it develops and let you know what happens.